The Beat (TV series)

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The Beat
Created by Tom Fontana
Starring Derek Cecil
Mark Ruffalo
Poppy Montgomery
Tom Noonan
Lea DeLaria
Luis Guzman
Lee Tergesen
Country of origin USA
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 13 (7 unaired)
Running time 60 minutes
Production company(s) The Levinson/Fontana Company
Viacom Productions
Original network UPN
Original release March 21 – April 25, 2000

The Beat is a UPN drama series which was produced by Viacom Productions and premiered on March 21, 2000 and ended after only six episodes a month later on April 25. Seven additional episodes were produced although they have never aired.

The series focuses on the day-to-day experiences of two uniformed police officers, Mike Dorrigan (Derek Cecil) and Zane Marinelli (Mark Ruffalo), of the NYPD and their attempts to deal with day-to-day life and work in New York City.

The series was produced by many people who worked on Homicide: Life on the Street including Barry Levinson, Tom Fontana, Anya Epstein, Eric Overmyer, Irene Burns and Jim Finnerty. Many of the producers also collaborated on Oz including Barry Levinson, Tom Fontana, Irene Burns and Jim Finnerty.

The series is also notable as being one of the many series in which the character Det. John Munch, played by Richard Belzer, has appeared. The others include: Homicide: Life on the Street, Law & Order, The X-Files, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Law & Order: Trial by Jury, Arrested Development, and The Wire.


No. in
Title Original air date
1 "The Beat Goes On" March 21, 2000 (2000-03-21)
Beat cops Mike Dorigan and Zane Marinelli juggle a number of cases with their girlfriends.
2 "They Say It's Your Birthday" March 28, 2000 (2000-03-28)
On his 29th birthday, Zane learns that Beatrice torched his apartment and framed his father for it. John Munch, who has transferred to the NYPD's Special Victims Unit, arrives at the scene of a DOA.
3 "Three Little Words" April 4, 2000 (2000-04-04)
Zane insists that Mike drop the idea of arresting Beatrice for arson, while Steve makes plans to throw an engagement party for Mike and Elizabeth.
4 "Can I Get a Witness?" April 11, 2000 (2000-04-11)
Zane gets into a fight with Beatrice's new boyfriend.
5 "Cueca Solo" April 18, 2000 (2000-04-18)
Zane is assigned to desk duty while Mike is partnered with Officer Skloff.
6 "Someone to Watch Over Me" April 25, 2000 (2000-04-25)
With the assault charges against him dropped, Zane helps Mike prepare for the wedding.
7 "Every Beat of My Heart" TBA
8 "Get It On (Bang the Gong)" TBA
9 "Call on Me" TBA
10 "Dark End of the Street" TBA
11 "Gimme Shelter" TBA
12 "Tangled Up in Blue" TBA
13 "Come as You Are" TBA

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